Patrolman First Class Craig Allen Snyder
West Manheim Township Police Department

Recipient - Award of Valor
May 11, 2006

Patrolman Snyder is a 16-year veteran of the West Manheim Township Police Dept. He currently serves as a patrol officer and a DARE instructor.

Patrolman Snyder is a graduate of the New Oxford High School, and a graduate of the Harrisburg Area Community College Police Training Academy. Patrolman Snyder is married and has three children.

Patrolman Snyder was the 1994-95 Hanover Area Jaycees Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer, and the 2004 Hanover Elks Lodge #763 Officer of the Year.

Patrolman Snyder is a 20-year member of the New Oxford Fire Company.

On Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at about 1045 hours, Patrolman Snyder was dispatched to a welfare check of a resident suffering from depression. Patrolman Snyder arrived at the residence to find the 52-year-old woman standing inside the front door holding a large knife to her throat.

After calling for back up and an ambulance, Patrolman Snyder began to speak with the woman, encouraging her to drop the knife. The subject calmed down, allowing Patrolman Snyder to enter the residence to improve communication.

The subject became agitated, and fled further into the home. The subject entered a bedroom and began a cutting motion on her neck. Patrolman Snyder pushed her onto a bed, and removed the knife from her hand.

The subject resisted, and attempted to grab Patrolman Snyder's firearm. Patrolman Snyder was able to maintain control and handcuff the subject. Back up arrived, and the subject was transported to Hanover Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. The only injuries to the subject were several red marks on her neck.

Patrolman Snyder's actions saved the subject from inflicting serious injury to herself or Patrolman Snyder.

Nominated by: Chief Timothy Hippensteel, West Manheim Township Police Department

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